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Whole Home Helps with Fall Prevention!

Posted on September 21, 2012 by kim

September 22 marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and our team here at Whole Home is standing together to prevent falls. Fall prevention and awareness is an important part of our service!

Whole Home serves elderly clients and their caregivers who may have a fear of falls happening in their home. The services we provide can help prevent those falls from occurring. It is a real fear for many: in Ohio, falls are the leading cause of injury-related ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Ohioans age 65 and older. On average, 2.3 older Ohioans suffered fatal falls each day in 2009.

The National Council on Aging alongside the state of Ohio and 45 other states are recognizing September 22 as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The day hopes to spur discussion on falls prevention and the NCOA's Falls Free© Initiative has shared six steps to prevent falls. 

6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall 

1.      Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.

2.      Discuss their current health conditions.

3.      Ask about their last eye checkup.

4.      Notice if they’re holding onto walls, furniture, or someone else when walking or if they appear to have difficulty walking or arising from a chair.

5.      Talk about their medications and their effects on their health.

6.      Do a walk-through safety assessment of their home.

Our five Certified Aging in Place Specialists are there to help you or your loved one accomplish the sixth step. Our specialists work with medical professional to assess client needs and design the accessible solutions with space, budget and health care goals in mind.

We understand what is needed for each client – be it as simple as adding a grab bar or as complex as replacing the entire bathroom – and can show you solutions.

Whole Home clients can receive a free home assessment of their needs. Our clients will likely feel good knowing that the dollars they spend with Whole Home will also benefit People Working Cooperatively and our entire community by maintaining safe housing for our elderly and disabled neighbors.

Call Whole Home today at 513-482-5100 for your free home assessment that may save you or a loved one from a fall. 

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